Gambia close to getting first post-Jammeh constitution

BANJUL, The Gambia is gearing up for a new constitution as part of reform efforts following years of authoritarian rule by exiled leader Yahya Jammeh.

A government body mandated with the mission, the Constitutional Review Commission of Gambia, last week released a draft copy of the document.

CRC Gambia Chairperson Justice Cherno Jallow announcing the release of the document late last week emphasized that it had from the onset (preamble) clarified The Gambia as a multi-party democratic state founded on the rule of law.

Given its immediate past presidential history of a highhanded executive president, a lot of people have been looking at areas surrounding human rights and how to combat corruption.

Others took to social media platforms � Twitter and Facebook to express their praise and reservations. The exchange ranged from whether or not the country had to be Islamic or secular, through to the issues of freedom of speech and human rights.

The CRC was established by an Act of the National Assembly in June 2018. The Commission’s main functions are to review and analyze the current Constitution, draft a new constitution for the Republic of The Gambia and prepare a report in relation to the new Constitution.

The CRC describes itself as an independent body that carried out its task without the direction or control of any person or authority.

It said as an institution, it is guided by the core values of inclusiveness, independence, integrity and participation.

Source: NAM News Network